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Sport Soccer-Klopp expects strong United squad in rearranged game despite fixture pile-up

08:25  09 may  2021
08:25  09 may  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Jurgen Klopp admitted he has sympathy for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose side must now play three Premier League games in the space of five days. United 's match with Liverpool which was postponed following protests from supporters at Old Trafford last Sunday has now been scheduled for Thursday two days after Solskjaer's side host Leicester City.

(Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he expects Manchester United to field a strong squad in Thursday's rearranged Premier League fixture despite the Old Trafford club's hectic schedule.

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United travel to Aston Villa on Sunday before hosting Leicester City on Tuesday. The rearranged fixture with Liverpool, postponed last weekend following fan protests, has been scheduled for 48 hours later on Thursday.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he may have no other option but to rotate his squad heavily because of the fixture pile-up.

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Jurgen Klopp has said there is no resolution regarding Liverpool's fixture pile - up after they advanced to the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup. The Carabao Cup quarterfinals are due to take place while Liverpool are in Qatar while a Premier League tie with West Ham will also need to be rearranged , leaving the Reds facing a fixture pile - up , leading to a suggestion from Klopp the club could forfeit the tie against Villa.

But Klopp expects a tough test against United, who are second in the league on 67 points after 33 games, 10 points ahead of sixth-placed Liverpool who have played a game more.


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"I expect a strong team against us," Klopp said after Saturday's 2-0 win over Southampton. "I think Man United has only good players.

"If I think about the players they could play, they have a really strong side available. Midfield, wow. Up front, all good players. They might be young but they are good.

"What they do in other games, we obviously have no influence but we would have played the strongest Manchester United side last Sunday and that's what we expect now."

Liverpool kept themselves in the hunt for a top-four finish after Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara scored in Saturday's win at Anfield.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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